The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy

Rating: 4.96 stars   113 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 1333 H Street, NW 11th Floor Washington DC 20005 USA

Mission: Founded in 2001, the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy ("ACS") is a rapidly growing network of lawyers, law students, scholars, judges, policymakers and other concerned individuals. Our mission is to ensure that fundamental principles of human dignity, individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, and access to justice enjoy their rightful, central place in American law. ACS aims to revitalize and transform the legal and policy debates occurring in law school classrooms, federal and state courtrooms, legislative hearing rooms and the media. Through student and lawyer chapters all across the country, and programs and projects at both the national and local level, ACS promotes a progressive vision of the Constitution, law and public policy; educates lawyers, law students, decision-makers and the public about the historic basis and vitality of such a vision and its importance for the lives of real people; strengthens the intellectual underpinnings for progressive law and policy in the United States; and continues to build a diverse and dynamic national network.
Target demographics: shape debate, build networks, and make a difference in law and public policy
Direct beneficiaries per year: educate tens of thousands through our events and publications; teach over 10,000 public school students about their rights; brief dozens of policymakers and media contacts; and placed students and lawyers in clerkships, internships, and jobs with the potential to create social change
Geographic areas served: states, cities, and law schools across the country
Programs: ACS lawyer chapters bring together an expanding grassroots network of lawyers and other professionals spanning from coast to coast. Lawyer chapters offer a local forum to share ideas and debate issues integral to a progressive legal and policy perspective; to foster networking and collaboration; and to engage on timely issues. They also connect members with national ACS initiatives, providing them with opportunities to help shape the national debate. ACS's nationwide network of student chapters is fostering a new generation of progressive leaders. Through hundreds of programs each year featuring renowned advocates, scholars and judges addressing a wide range of legal and policy issues, chapters educate their members about the critical issues facing our country. Working with ACS lawyer chapters and the national office, they also provide students with meaningful opportunities for professional development and mentoring as well as participation in substantive projects.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

ACS has served as a valuable resource throughout my law school career. At my school, ACS has connected me with classmates and professors who share similar beliefs and career goals as me. In my local community, I am able to connect with professionals, including prominent lawyers like judges, all because of ACS. Further, nationally, I am connected to a robust network of attorneys. The educational, learning, and networking opportunities are abundant for ACS members both in law school and in the legal community.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The ACS allowed me to attend a convention in D.C. where I was able to learn so much valuable information. They set up a very interesting and informative convention. The convention fostered a truly amazing learning experience, networking with inspirational colleges, and most certainly brought in the most influential and inspirational speakers. The ACS is a great nonprofit organization that is a true asset to the legal community.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

ACS provides law students and lawyers of all experience levels opportunities to understand the American legal system and advance their careers. It provides a counterbalance to the views of conservative groups which reject the idea that the constitution is a living and progressive document. Its goals are lofty and its staff is hardworking. I am honored to donate my time and money to ACS.

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ACS has given me many opportunities to learn new perspectives on the law and advance in my chosen profession.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand its reach so that more Americans could be educated by it.

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